Day 1. Seabirds.

In the morning we went to Los Pantanos de Villa, south of Lima and on the coast.
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We went to site 4 on the map.
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At this site, on the beach, we saw the following birds:Peruvian Booby, Guanay Cormorant, Belcher’s Gull, Grey Headed Gull, Grey Gull, Kelp Gull, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Peruvian Pelican, Spotted Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Peruvian Thick-knee, American and Black Osytercatchers, Ruddy Turnstone, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Great Grebe, Common Moorhen, Black-crowned Night Heron, and Pied Grebe.

In the afternoon we went to Pucusana, a delightful fishing village.

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There were many fishing boats.
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We climbed into one with a long two-cycle engine.

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It took us on a very rocky ride around a small island next to the coast that was loaded with seabirds. I got great photos of the Inca Terns, Guanay and Red-Footed Comorant, Peruvian Pelican and Peruvian Booby, and Ruddy Turnstone.

A striking feature of much of the land around Lima was the presence of thousands of squatters houses.

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Since it is legal for them to squat on "unused" land one of the ways people protect their land from them is to plant trees.
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One of the modes of transportation was by Mototu Taxi.

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